2018 International Ute of the Year & AA Driven New Zealand Ute of the Year 2018.
Welcome to the mighty Volkswagen Amarok, with new class-leading power. This mid-size pickup is described as the thinking man’s ute.
The Amarok doesn’t just have a lot of character on the outside, there’s plenty of personality under the bonnet too. From its ladder-frame chassis up, the new Amarok is uncompromisingly tough. With its tried and tested 4-cylinder engine and permanent 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, you can go anywhere, without changing pace to shift gear.
With the refinement you expect of Volkswagen, you might forget you are in a rugged workhorse. The sophisticated interior makes driving a pleasure especially with the technically advanced, class leading 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The launch of the new Amarok V6 TDI makes it the most powerful ute in its class. Featuring unrivaled full-time road holding traction with permanent 4WD, the Amarok V6 is now available in either 165kW or 190kW power plants, with torque ratings of 550 and a class leading 580Nm.
“Kiwis no longer see the ute as a work horse, instead it takes pride of place in the garage as the family vehicle, so it’s up to manufacturers to meet the needs and Volkswagen has done this in spades with the Amarok. Not only does it have superb handling but European styling inside and out while introducing the most powerful V6 diesel engine in its class.”
– AA Driven New Zealand Car of the Year Awards Panel 2018
Local owners review the Amarok.
A team will lax lyrical about why they believe the Amarok is the king of the utes, but we’ll understand if you’re not quite ready to take their word for it, given their role as sales guys! So instead, we asked some of our existing, local, Amarok owners to let us know why they chose the Amarok when there’s so much competition out there.
Read some of their reasons below, or visit this page for a fuller picture.
Jeremy Elrick, Lands and Survey
“Why did we choose the Amarok? Easy, I drove one! Initially I was slightly put off thinking they would be too pricey but really there’s no difference with the other leading brands. But get behind the wheel and the difference is massive.”
Robert Barry, Autocar.
“The new servotronic steering system delivers a drive and handling experience more akin to a Golf GTI than a typical ute.”
Neville, Miles Continental Customer, March 2020
“Thought you’d like this pic of my Rok on the Desert Road. Averaging under 8L/100km now for 2,000km. I kid you not. This is a truly great vehicle, regardless of whether or not a ute. I would recommend to any buyer. Love it. Love driving it.”